Key Personnel

Senior Leadership Team

Leigh Moore


I grew up in Oldbury and have remained local ever since. On graduating from University, I made the decision to return to teach in the Midlands so that I could give something back to my local community. I started my career as a History teacher working in Sandwell before spending five years as an education business manager for schools in Birmingham, the Black Country and the East Midlands. In 2006, I returned to the classroom (once again in Sandwell) as an English teacher and in 2008, was promoted to senior leader – I have over seven years’ experience, including as acting headteacher, with a particular focus on curriculum, achievement and safeguarding. I am passionately committed to improving life chances and opportunities for young people in Sandwell and I’m proud to take up the position of Principal at Wodensborough Ormiston Academy in January 2016.

Myk Wagstaff

Vice Principal

I grew up locally and still live within Sandwell. I graduated with a degree in music from the University of Wolverhampton, Followed by a PGCE from the University of Worcester. After a short stint training and working in Worcestershire I have spent the last 15 years working in Sandwell at our Sister Academy, OSCA. During this time I have undertaken many different roles as a Senior Leader including Curriculum, Progress, Assessment, Director of Sixth Form, Marketing and Head of House. My Current Role is Vice Principal and I take the lead on improving the Quality of Education across the Academy, leading on our curriculum, Teaching, Learning and Assessment as well as supporting all of our leaders to do their best for our students. I am also designated as a Specialist Leader of Education for the Wednesbury Teaching School Alliance.

Lynsey Davies-Lunn

Assistant Principal – KS4 Achievement & Progress

I grew up in Smethwick, and studied English Language and Literature at the University of Central England. Following this, I studied for my PGCE in English and Drama at the University of Warwick. I have always taught in Sandwell schools as I wanted the pupils I taught to have the same opportunities given to me by my Sandwell teachers. I moved to WOA in 2016 as Director of English, moving into the role of Director of English and Maths in September 2017. My role allows me to work with all of the pupils within the school and it really is a privilege to see the progress they make in all areas of the curriculum.

Samuel Gray

Assistant Principal – Behaviour, Inclusion & Interventions

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Gemma Medare

Assistant Principal – Community Engagement & PP

I grew up locally and attended the Wolverhampton Girls High School until 18. This led me to study a BA in Sport, Education and Management at the University of Birmingham. Following this, I studied for my PGCE in PE and History at the Thomas Telford Consortium. I have taught locally for 8 years before moving to teach in East Birmingham as an Assistant Principal for Key Stage 4 and 5. I have always wanted to support local pupils that I teach, and believe they deserve to receive the very best in education, not just academically but through enrichment. I moved to Liverpool in 2016, experiencing a different culture in order to develop my expertise in Achievement. Then from September 2017 on returning to the West Midlands I joined WOA to help develop the maths department and raise achievement. In 2018 I became the Assistant Principal for engagement and PP. Through my role i get the best of both worlds experiencing students progress not just academically but through personal development.

Craig Smith

Assistant Principal – Inclusion & Standards

I grew up in Campbeltown, on the west coast of Scotland. After studying Biology and Education (specialising in Special Education) at The University of Stirling, I moved to the midlands and have been here ever since. After a year of teaching in Scotland, I joined Wodensborough in 1997 and have had a number of roles in the academy including SENCo and Senior Leader for Inclusion. My current role as Assistant Principal has also presented me with a number of opportunities, but at the moment my work centres around systems, compliance, policy, ICT development, HR and communications.

Rebecca Tymoshyshyn

Assistant Principal – KS3 Achievement & Progress

I have lived in the West Midlands all my life and read Psychology at the University of Birmingham before completing my PGCE in Primary Education followed by a Master in Education all at the same University. I began my teaching career as a Primary teacher in Birmingham before moving to teach maths at a Secondary School in Dudley followed by maths and A level Psychology at another local school in Sandwell. During my career I have held a number of additional roles including Careers, Assistant Head of Sixth Form, Head of Year and Head of House. I joined WOA in January 2016 and among other responsibilities I oversee Transition and Primary Liaison.

Extended Senior Leadership Team

Nicola Atkins

Senior Leader – Vocational & CEIAG

I grew up in Sedgley and completed my Degree at the University of Wolverhampton where I studied English in my first year, before moving on to complete a BA Honours degree in Sports Studies with Leisure and Recreation Management. Following this I completed my PGCE at Worcester University. I have worked in Sandwell for the past 18 years and have undertaken a number of leadership roles in my previous school. This led to my appointment as the Director of Applied learning and Technology, where I was able to implement a full suite of vocational qualifications. From this I was able to progress onto the senior leadership team at Wodensborough as a Senior Lead for Vocational/CEIAG (careers education advice and guidance and Work experience). Here, I am able to implement a careers programme; aspiring pupils to succeed and make the transition from school into Further education or the workplace.

Leona Bateman

Raising Standards Manager

I have lived in the West Midlands all my life. Upon completing my A levels in 1995, I started my first job working with HM Prison Service where I was supported through my HND qualification in Business and Finance. During my time working in the public sector I worked within a variety of administrative roles. It was during this time I discovered I really enjoyed working with data and data analysis and have been working with data analysis and reporting of all kinds for over 20 years. I started working in Secondary schools within Sandwell in 2010 and joined Wodensborough in 2017. Within my role I manage various student data and manage the admin process and delivery of a variety of external examinations.

Tracy Cockayne


I was raised in a Naval Family in Yeovil, Somerset, but my parents are both from Smethwick. From the age of 15, working with people with learning needs and Disabilities at Sandwell Leisure Project, I knew that my future was in SEN provision. I completed my degree in Special Educational Needs and Inclusion in Society, at Wolverhampton University. I continued at Worcester University for the National Award for SENCos. I have worked in Sandwell for 12 years been the SENCO at Wodensborough since Easter 2016. I also support LAC, post LAC pupils and Young Carers at Wodensborough Academy.

Jayne Cooper

Attendance, Engagement & Admissions Manager

I grew up in Sandwell and have worked in Sandwell schools since 2002, undertaking many different roles. My first support role within education was at a West Bromwich Primary school, Ryders Green, as assistant to the Business Manager. This was where I found my love for working within an educational environment and I served as firstly a parent and then staff governor during my time there, until I made the decision to make the move into a secondary school and joined another OAT Academy, OSCA in 2005. It was during my time at OSCA that I was seconded to the attendance department due to staff absence and it was here I found my niche. During my 13 years at OSCA, I managed the Attendance Department, a team of Admin Staff and served as a Governor at a local Home and Hospital Tuition Centre. It was my privilege to move to WOA in March 2019 to my current role as Attendance, Engagement & Admissions Manager. I am also designated as a Specialist Leader of Education for the Lightwoods Teaching Alliance and this has seen me support schools locally and nationally to help raise attendance standards.

Paul Harris

Senior Leader – Most Able, Gifted and Talented

I was born in Wolverhampton, and grew up in Quarry Bank, before going to the University of Birmingham, and studying for a BA History. I lived in London for a few years, however I returned home, and have always taught locally, in schools in Sandwell and Dudley and have had a variety of different roles, both pastoral and academic. I have always enjoyed working with Gifted and Talented pupils, and the Most Able, and this is one of my areas of responsibility within the academy, along with being on the Teaching and Learning team.

Serica Hunter

Lead Practitioner

I studied Podiatry at the University of Salford for my degree and a few years after working in the NHS I realised I wanted a career in teaching. I did my PGCE at Edge Hill College in 2003 and have been teaching Secondary science ever since. I began teaching in Dudley for my early years in education and moved quickly through to head of faculty. I then trained to become an Advanced Skills Teacher within a Walsall school where I held a number of leadership roles including Numeracy across the curriculum and Professional Mentor to ITT students. To further develop my skills I spent a few years teaching in an alternative provision school in East Birmingham where I honed my behaviour management strategies and led on whole school CPD for staff. I have a passion for training and development and delivered a number of new initiatives across two schools and within the trust. My recent move has seen me return to the area I grew up in as a child and I am thrilled to be using all of my skills at WOA as a lead of transition in science as well as a member of the teaching and learning team.

Darren Marshall

Lead Practitioner

I grew up near Sheffield and moved to the West Midlands 20 years ago to attend the University of Wolverhampton. I graduated with a BA (Hons) in Sociology and Philosophy before continuing at University to study a LLDip post-graduate diploma in Laws. I then decided to pursue a career in teaching and studied for my PGCE at Newman University. During the last 15 years I have worked in 3 different schools in the Sandwell and Dudley region with my main subject area being Geography. An important part of my role here at WOA is looking at what enrichment opportunities can be made available to enhance our pupils’ experience of life at the academy and beyond. This includes a wide variety of enrichment clubs available within school and an ever growing number of trips/activities that take place away from the school site.

David Martin

Lead Practitioner

I have lived in the West Midlands all my life and studied Business and Finance at Manchester Metropolitan University before completing my PGCE in mathematics. I began my teaching career as an Academic Coach at a Sandwell secondary school, before becoming a mathematics teacher. I then moved into the pastoral department, starting as a House Team Ambassador, then an Assistant Head of Year/Head of Year and now Head of School here at Wodensborough.

Ian Miller

Lead Practitioner

I have lived in the West Midlands all my life and read Psychology and Management at the University of Leeds. Following four years working in financial services I completed my PGCE in Mathematics at Birmingham City University. I began my teaching career at a comprehensive school in Birmingham and took on the role as an Assistant Head of Year. I was keen to have a greater impact on teaching and learning which brought me to Wodensborough in September 2018 as the Lead Teacher for Key Stage 3 Mathematics.

Hayley Overton

Lead Practitioner

I was born and bred in Birmingham where I still reside. Having graduated from Newman College (now Newman University) after studying a Joint BA honours in English and Education Studies, I began my teacher training in Secondary English at the same institute. As part of my teacher training, I was lucky to receive a placement at Wodensborough where I have remained having been privileged enough to have gained a permanent teaching role back in 2008. I have since moved into the role of Lead Teacher of KS3 in English as teaching and learning is a passion of mine, with an eagerness to help students thrive and reach their potential through an enriching KS3 English curriculum.

Richard Price

Senior Leader – Teacher Development

I have lived in the Walsall area for all of my life. After studying Medical Biochemistry at the University of Birmingham I completed my PGCE in Secondary Science at the University of Wolverhampton. My first teaching post was as a Teacher of Science at a secondary school in Walsall. In 2001, I moved to Wodensborough and remained here until 2008 when I became the Head of Science and a Senior Leader at another secondary school. However, I missed the Wodensborough community so much that I returned in 2011! My current roles as a Lead Practitioner and NQT Coordinator for the academy enable me to share my passion for teaching with both new entrants to the profession and experienced colleagues.

Karen Riley

Lead Practitioner

I was born in Germany and have lived in Kent, Cambridgeshire and East Yorkshire, before arriving in the West Midlands. Having studied a BSc (Hons) in Applied Biology at the University of Hull, I completed my PGCE in Secondary Science, also at Hull. I have always taught in Sandwell schools and my previous roles have included Head of Biology, Head of Year, Director Of Student Learning and Pupil Premium Lead, before becoming Faculty Leader Of Science at Wodensborough in January 2017. Whilst I continue with my current role I am also involved with persistent absence and raising achievement in Key Stage 4.

Judith Wick

Business Manager

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Business Support Team

Rebecca Plover

Receptionist & Administrator

Stephanie Thomson

Personal Assistant to the Principal